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Rice briefs Brazilian FM on spying reforms

Brazil's Foreign Minister Luiz Alberto Figueiredo Thursday secured a White House explanation of new US spying policies, after his nation reacted with outrage to revelations by fugitive leaker Edward Snowden. Figueiredo was briefed on reforms of National Security Agency (NSA) eavesdropping programs proposed by President Barack Obama, by the president's national security advisor Susan Rice.

Brazilian gov't to cut spending

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 28 (EFE).- The Brazilian government will soon detail plans to reduce public spending from the levels set months ago in the 2014 budget, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Tuesday. "The cut we will make is not defined, but it will certainly be one capable of maintaining fiscal solidity and the stability of the net Brazilian debt," he told reporters, confirming rumors that the government was preparing to trim spending amid signs that investors are souring on emerging markets.

Brazilian gov't to cut spending

Rio de Janeiro, Jan 28 (EFE).- The Brazilian government will soon detail plans to reduce public spending from the levels set months ago in the 2014 budget, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Tuesday. "The cut we will make is not defined, but it will certainly be one capable of maintaining fiscal solidity and the stability of the net Brazilian debt," he told reporters, confirming rumors that the government was preparing to trim spending amid signs that investors are souring on emerging markets.

Brazil's Lula grows back trademark beard after beating cancer

Brasilia, Jan 21 (EFE).- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in public with a beard for the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx in 2011, which forced him to shave it off. Lula let his new beard be seen, thin and gray, during a meeting Monday with President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto presidential palace. A thick beard was always part of Lula's image since his days as a labor leader in the 1970s and 1980s when he espoused Marxism, through his two terms as president from 2003 to 2011.

Brazil's Lula grows back trademark beard after beating cancer

Brasilia, Jan 21 (EFE).- Former Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva appeared in public with a beard for the first time since he was diagnosed with cancer of the larynx in 2011, which forced him to shave it off. Lula let his new beard be seen, thin and gray, during a meeting Monday with President Dilma Rousseff at the Planalto presidential palace. A thick beard was always part of Lula's image since his days as a labor leader in the 1970s and 1980s when he espoused Marxism, through his two terms as president from 2003 to 2011.

Brazil's economy to improve in 2014: finance minister

Investment and stronger exports will see Brazil's economy improve in 2014, Finance Minister Guido Mantega said Friday. Mantega, aiming to lift some of the gloom a day after Brazil unveiled its worst trade balance in 13 years, revealed the country had surpassed its primary fiscal surplus target. He said the surplus -- the amount by which revenue exceeds expenditure before debt payments -- had come in at 75 billion reais ($31.5 billion) -- two billion ahead of its target.

Brazil's Rousseff well-placed to run for 2nd term

Sao Paulo, Jan 1 (EFE).- Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff begins the final year of her four-year term in a strong position to seek a second mandate in the October general elections, though she has yet to say whether she will be a candidate. Rousseff enjoys an approval rating of 56 percent, according to a recent survey by pollster Ibope, higher than that of both of her predecessors at the same point in their respective terms. Both of those presidents, Fernando Henrique Cardoso and Rousseff mentor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, went on to win re-election.

Brazilian president sets seal on minimum wage rise

Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff on Monday confirmed a rise in the minimum wage to 724 reais ($306) per month, equivalent to a 6.8 percent rise. The leftist leader announced the measure on Twitter following Congressional approval last week. Dilma said she had signed the measure into law and it will take effect from next month. Sao Paulo commerce federation Fecomercio calculated the move would inject 46 billion reais ($19.5 billion) into the economy in 2014. cw/rcw

Brazil announces registry of homeless people

Sao Paulo, Dec 19 (EFE).- President Dilma Rousseff announced here Thursday the creation of a registry of Brazil's homeless people with the aim of being able to develop "more appropriate" public policies for this segment of the population. "It's an unprecedented initiative and it's a demand of yours. We know that, the better we get to know that population, who it is and how it is, it will be possible to develop more appropriate policies," she said.

The young, business-savvy pretender to Brazil's throne

By Jeferson Ribeiro and Brian Winter RECIFE/BRASILIA (Reuters) - To some Brazilians, especially in the business world, Eduardo Campos has all the traits of a perfect president. Handsome, young, and the grandson of a beloved politician. Leftist enough to appeal to Brazil's poor masses, but eager to please big business and convinced of the merits of free trade. Critical of President Dilma Rousseff's heavy hand in the economy, but promising no huge changes in policy.
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